American Girls

Alison Umminger. Flatiron, $17.99 (304p) ISBN 978-1-250-07500-0
Tired of being the “leftover” of her parents’ divorce and eager to disappear after a prank goes too far, 15-year-old Anna uses her stepmother’s credit card to buy a ticket to Los Angeles, where her sister Delia, a struggling actress, lives. Surrounded by Hollywood’s beautiful and morally corrupt, Anna navigates interactions with Delia’s ex-boyfriend, Roger, who is shooting a movie about L.A. murders, and her sister’s current love interest, a writer on a kids’ show, as well as her own blossoming romance with a teen actor. Forced to pay back the money she stole for her flight, Anna takes a job researching the Manson girls for Roger. Her immersion into the Manson murders leads to paranoia when it appears that Delia is being stalked. Debut author Umminger’s humor is biting (“My family was clearly the place where optimism went to die”), yet it reveals richly complicated relationships among mothers, daughters, and sisters. Umminger crafts a Los Angeles both glittering and soulless, leading to Anna’s realization that she may have more in common with the Manson girls than she thought, but it’s the choices she makes that set her apart . Ages 13–up. Agent: Neeti Madan, Sterling Lord Literistic. (June)
Reviewed on: 03/28/2016
Release date: 06/07/2016
Genre: Children's
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